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Grateful Dead Live at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V. on 1991-04-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V. on 1991-04-27

Topics Live concert

Touch Of Gray, Walkin' Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Mexicali Blues-> Maggie's Farm, Loose Lucy, Cassidy, Might As Well Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Jam-> I Need A Miracle-> Black Peter-> One More Saturday Night, E: The Weight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V.
Location Las Vegas, NV

Source SBD material from <a href=
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SBD material from previous shn set with AUD patches added by Alan J. Fink from eD's first-gen source cass


Reviewer: drfart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2015
Subject: Vegas '91
Coming up on 24th anniversary of a most killer weekend of music in the dessert. My buddy Tony, who passed away 2 yrs ago, and I flew out from the east coast to sin city to catch the Dead with Carlos Santana. It was hot and the women were barely dressed. The music was hotter and the dead heads on the strip after hours were fascinating to all the people of the town who thought they had seen everything the strip had to offer, that was until the deadheads took over the town. What a time to be in Vegas. I always think of those times this time of year. I went back the next 4 years but the first show in 1991 were by far the best.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2013
Subject: -
Why patch in crowd noise (and crowd noise only) from an AUD tape at the beginning? Anyway, like many SBDs, this needs some EQing to offset the jangly, overpowered mix. Touch sounds like a soundcheck in which Garcia's guitar is almost completely buried & there is much clipping. Walkin' is decent, but the war of the keyboardists, as always, is slightly annoying. Mexicali is a floppy, noisy mess, but Maggie's Farm is quite a sweet little jam. Loose Lucy...agh! Too many keyboards! Too many musicians forgetting where the changes happen! Wellnick can't sing on key & his keyboard tones are cheesy, & Cassidy is a lesson on how a jam should not sound: no space at all between the players. But lo and behold, the normally shoddily-played Might As Well approaches true greatness, even though you can't tell what Garcia's solo is like over the now predictably co-intrusive keyboards.

Sugar Mag is another pile of noise, and it looks like the second set will be as grueling as the first, but then Scarlet appears, noticeably trimmer and more beautiful, and the Fire--even with the crowded bandwidths--is a masterpiece. An excellent Playin/UJB follows, and the jam into Drums hints at Corrina. Miracle is awesome apart from a terrible full-band miss at the end of the last chorus.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2012
Subject: Great show
Both sets were hot!

The best available copy of this show on at this time is the three source copy edited by, of course, Charlie Miller. However, I don't hear any sound quality flaws in the second set except for the encore--The Weight (For the songs that have sound quality imperfections--Touch, Loose Lucy, The Weight, perhaps others--you will want to listen to the three source copy...)
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2008
Subject: Top 5 1991 Show For Sure
Flew in from Chicago with my main touring buddy and believe it or not stayed with my grandparents who lived in Henderson. What a weekend to say the least......."Don't you let that Deal go down".

Weather was perfect(Sunny & 70) as we made our way down to about the 10th row. Santana ROCKED for his 75 min set and he only played 2 songs I recognized. It was all new shit and it was unbelievable. Dead open with Touch and set I is a blur. Highlights are FOTD and a killer Cassidy>Might as Well set closer. Good to see the boys have ressurrected some of their older stuff(BT Wind,Rueben,Speedway,Might as Well) Jerry seems interested and this is Vegas so anything is possible.
Set II was absolutely mind blowing. Of the 100 or so shows I've seen, this one ranks near the top. Jerry had COMPLETE control of all midi effects and he didn't forget ONE lyric. Sugar Mag>Scarlet>Fire>Playing>Uncle is a dream pre-Drums jam.......almost an hour of magic before Drums. Space is good and after a mediocre Miracle we get the Black Peter for the ages. Deadbase ranks this #1 (along with Winterland 10/19/74) Jerry is singing his heart out and the solo is ridiculous. Huntington '78 is my fav Black Peter, but this is my #2. The rest of the show is standard as was the next day.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2008
Subject: 4/27 and 4/28--Aces, back to back....
Santana and co. put on a great opening set and then the Dead came out and opened up the flood gates to one of the best shows of 1991. It was a stunner to all involved. Great, solid first set...but the second set is a monster!! Absolute classic first half of that second set...a juicy, jamming, Dionysian affair!The whole stadium spinners during that Playin were just insane.... the Black Peter was BIG GUNS!! The whole weekend felt like a carnival--F.U.N.!!
Reviewer: Gr8fullDad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2008
Subject: Great Memories!
Thanks to everyone who has participated in posting the Vegas shows! Every year had great memories for me and my 3 buddy's that agreed to reuinte every year in Vegas! Opening acts were a plus, heads on the strip were a hoot and the magic of the shows was delightful! Good times and great memories!
Reviewer: milkywilky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2007
Subject: Pardon Me Sir
What great fun at this show. I’ll never forget coming out of the outdoor showers that were set up on the stadium floor to keep us cool and literally running right into Bill Graham. He was carrying a bunch of papers which I managed to get pretty soaked, but he simply laughed it off and on our merry ways we went.
Reviewer: tonedef - favorite - December 9, 2007
Subject: Hmm.
Vince Welnick had the marginal utility of mammaries on a clay paver. That dude hosed this band's dynamic worse than the fat man's horse ever could have.
Reviewer: majordomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2007
Subject: wham-bam!
since i panned the other show of this run--only fair to come back around and give credit. THIS is the show of vegas 91'---no long winded whatever review--just that this night was the sort of gig that later in the evening at your hotel or out in the lot ECHOED in your head. maybe days later. maybe a playin'in the band that 20 odd years later still a hampton roads moment. maybe.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2006
Once the sound problem was fixed after FOTD things get rolling. Nice long FOTM highlights a tasty 2nd set. Also, never fan of Black peter but this one is brilliant. Was fortunate to see this live as well as Providence 87. Both are sweet and would have converted me had they played it like this every night.
Reviewer: Acid Queen Lee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2005
It had been more than 10 years since the band played here, but it was worth it! The first of 2 shows this weekend. Lots happened too; a couple got hitched and shared their wedding cake w/ some of the fans (I had a small piece and it was good), a gorgeous sunset and some FINE halucinagics (sp).
We all left the show to head back to the casinos and THE LIGHTS; they were NEVER MORE COLORFUL!
It was an EXCELLENT weekend all the way around (and around); and really nice to see Las Vegas 'awash in tye dyes'!
Reviewer: Big River - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2005
Subject: My first show
I had listened to the GD for years but had never had the opportunity to go to a show before. I will never forget how I felt when they played Black Peter and I found myself in a state of mild euphoria. I was smiling and I could not stop smiling. I was amazed at the interaction between the band and the crowd and how they seemed to draw energy from each other. Everything seemed so perfect, the sun setting over the mountains, the red sky(it was really red not drug induced red)the crowd reaction to the band and last but not least the band was really on that day. As that other reviewer said there really seemed to be a fire on the mountain during "Fire on the Mountain."

It was at that moment that I decided that I needed to go to as many shows as possible because I wanted to get that feeling again. Alhough many moments came close, I'm not sure that I ever achieved my goal. It certainly wasn't for lack of trying. I ended up going to approximately thirty shows over the next four years including four LA shows in 1994 while I was on crutches.
Reviewer: mdwrocks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2005
Subject: I've been searching for this show.....
....on and on for years now! Finally, I found it and I really appreciate it. For me this show was the greatest concert I've ever been to. For any band period!!! The start of the show was a little off, but, man, when the sound system kicked in........WOW

I can still hear the show in my head; I can't seem to put in words exactly how good this show was. For me it was everything magical. One of the most perfect days I've ever had in my life. It was the music - My friends & I were hoping for certain songs before the show and they played every one that we wanted to hear. The atmosphere was awesome. Fire on the Mountain was awesome. This is just my personal opinion, but I think they picked that number because the mountain range in back of the stage was fire red....They looked like 'fires on the mountains' : Don't get me wrong...I wasn't trippin on anything at all. Clean and beyond sober that day, my friends!


Thank you very much Jonathan Aizen for uploading this show and to for hosting it.
Reviewer: jbishta - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2005
Subject: Good times
These shows were great fun and thankfully, unlike in some later years, they were in APril and not June when the heat was almost unbearable. Between the wide open desert with the hills in the background and all the colors in the crowd and the great tunes, this setting seemed to capture both the country/western and the psychedelic atmospherics that were totally appropriate for the Dead in a way that the arenas and sports stadiums out east never could. Throw in Santana, kind bud, a great setlist full of classics and more than a few hot babes in minimalist summer attire and it was a perfect day (as was the next). Seeing all the heads on the Strip and in the Casinos was also quite a trip. God, I miss the Dead!
Reviewer: nyc oldie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: Fun Fun Fun
I attended this show.

This 2 show run was perfect for Vegas. Personally, after 2 shows and 3 days of Vegas, I was ready to leave.

The atmosphere at these shows was so good. No hassles, except one major traffic nightmare coming in if you made the wrong turn.

This is the classic "the music was ok, but the good time was what I remember."
Reviewer: j_jeffrey_wagner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2004
Subject: Vegas: Return of the Dead
Although this recording is a little bit funky with some well executed AUD patches into a mostly SBD source, I highly recommend this show, especially if you were in attendance at the show.

After several years of not playing Las Vegas this was the first show of many to come over the next few years.

The first set began with Dan Healey struggling with the sound in the desert, but gained more and more momentum as the day moved forward. "Might As Well" (performed in the city where no one bats an eye at anything) was a triumphant ending to the first set. The second set bolted out of the starting blocks with "Sugar Magnolia" > "Scarlet Begonia's". "Sunshine Daydream" would have to wait until the end of the 2nd set the following day.

Looking back now, it's pretty clear to me that these 1991 shows with Bruce Hornsby on piano were some of the most inspirational in the bands lasts years with Jerry.

I will never forget that weekend in Las Vegas, NV. It's permanently embedded on my mind as one of the best times I've ever had with people and music in my life.

Thank you, for a real-good time.
Reviewer: funkymtn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2004
Subject: Black Peter never sounded so good...
The Black Peter needs to be heard, repeat, listen to this Black Peter. One of the best I have ever heard, live or recorded.
Jerry sounds real sweet on Friend of the Devil. The Loose Lucy is real fun, as is the Might as Well. Cassidy is out there a bit, good stuff. The Scarlet>Fire is interesting. Unusual jam between Playing and Uncle John's. Sound is SBD with a few AUD patches, no biggie.
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